Lissette M. Piedra
Assistant Professor, School of Social Work
Entrepreneurial course taught by Professor Piedra
SOCW 554, Social Entrepreneurship in a Diverse Society: Race, Ethnicity, and Social Policy
In the now classic Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Peter F. Drucker's writes that entrepreneurship is neither a science nor an art. It is a practice. The same can be said of social work. Drawing on theories from across disciplines and an established knowledge base, social work, in the end, is about practice and the outcomes that result. A core tenet of social work is recognition for how the larger social context affects the outcomes of communities, families, and individuals. This ecological perspective, central to social workers' ability to craft effective social interventions, is congruent with the spirit of social entrepreneurship.
This course applies principles of social entrepreneurship to a boarder understanding of American diversity as a strategy for addressing problems of social inequity. By explicating the nature of and sources for social tensions inherent in a racially and ethnically diverse society, students will have a better understanding of the social context that is twenty-first century American society. By pairing a deeper understanding of the cultural landscape with principles of social entrepreneurship, students will better able to search for innovation opportunities, develop a greater appreciation for the role of the institution in designing and implementing specific social interventions, and consider the ways in which social interventions are received by diverse communities. This course aims to equip students with the tools that will make them more effective citizens and leaders in an increasingly complex and diverse society.
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